Pews News – 11th June 2017

11th June 2017 – Trinity Sunday

St Andrew’s Church welcomes allcomers, whether this is your first time or thousandth time in church. You are welcome whatever your age, gender, marital status, disability, race or sexuality. You are welcome whether you have a deep and mature faith in Christ; are uncertain and still seeking; or have no faith. If you are new to church, please do take a welcome leaflet to be found in the pews; and do not hesitate to ask one of the welcomers if you have any queries.

Please note that Greg and Fran are on sabbatical until Aug 3rd. Enquiries should be addressed to the church office on 07756 918847 or or to one of the church wardens.

Phil Richardson’s Ordination
Phil Richardson’s ordination will be on 2nd July in Coventry Cathedral at 4pm. Afterwards, St Andrews will be hosting a barbeque in the vicarage garden from 6pm. All are welcome to both!

Phil’s Induction & StAPH’s 10yr Anniversary
Phil’s induction by Bishop Chris (and StAPH 10 year anniversary celebration) will be taking place on Sunday 17th September. Venue is to be confirmed so just keep the date free for now!

Churchyard Working Party
You’re invited to take part in a churchyard working party. The main aim is to tidy the front flower bed and remove the ivy growing over the churchyard wall. Please come with gardening implements any time between 9am and 12 noon on Saturday 24th June.

Last year, the church was able to balance its books through some last minute generous giving over Christmas. We are keen to avoid a deficit crisis this year, although the first quarter has not been good. There will never be a charge for church membership and we encourage our supporters to give what they can afford. However, in order to make ends meet, each electoral roll member needs to give on average £10 per week. We appreciate that some people give substantially more than this and are grateful for it. Since April is often a good time to review your finances, please prayerfully consider the level of your church giving. And remember that if you pay tax, you can increase the value of your gift by 25% by signing up to the gift aid scheme. Forms for this are available in the leaflet rack at the back of church.

St Andrew’s Churchyard
As a Church we are very concerned about our effect on the ecology of the world. As a result, the Parochial Church Council has developed a policy of allowing the grass in the older part of the Churchyard to grow wild through the spring and early summer. This encourages wildlife, particularly insects which are vital to the welfare of all our crops and plants. We are also hoping that as we leave the grass to grow we will have a greater number and variety of wild flowers. We also save energy by not cutting the grass as often. As a result, parts of the Churchyard may look unloved, but this is not the case. Our small part of God’s creation is being allowed to grow. Now that is why the Churchyard looks like it does. But that does not mean that we do not care about the graves, or those who visit them. If you want the area round a particular grave cleared, or a path to a specific grave cut, please let us know. We will endeavour to get it done as soon as possible. Also remember that if you have a loved one in the Churchyard you are welcome to tend the grave and the area immediately around it yourself. St Andrew’s PCC.

Drama Workshop
Selina and Emma will be running a 5 week drama workshop at Jardine Youth Centre commencing Monday 12th June at the slightly later time of 6-7pm. The theme is ‘Under the Sea’. The workshop is free and aimed at 8-12 year olds. Anyone in that age bracket is welcome. Please speak to Selina or Emma if you wish to know more.

Safeguarding at St Andrew’s
As Greg and Fran are on sabbatical leave, can I please remind everyone that I am the first point of contact should a safeguarding issue arise. My number is published weekly in the Pews News and also in the Link magazine. Should there be an imminent risk of harm and I am unavailable, then please contact Carol Clarke at the diocesan offices or the local statutory authorities. Thank you, Linda Chylinski.

Safeguarding Training
There is now a new on line basic safeguarding Training …module C0. It is a one off and the information for completing it is on the notice board at the back of church. Everyone is now expected to complete this module prior to attending C1. A certificate will be available to print off and you will be asked to show this when attending for C1 training. We are aware safeguarding can be a sensitive subject for survivors of any sort of abuse. In this case, please do not complete this module alone, but complete it with a friend or in a group, or if preferred, Helen Tebbatt can be contacted for help via telephone or email. Thank you, Linda Chylinski.

Board Gaming Night
On 21st June, from 7.30-9.30pm, there will be a board game evening at StAPH (Woodlands 6th Form Centre). All welcome! There will be a range of games from pick-up-and-play to more engaged style of board games. Refreshments included, all welcome!

Christian Meditation Group
A new Christian Meditation Group started at St Andrew’s Church on Thursday 4th May at 7pm and continues on a fortnightly basis. This form of silent, imageless prayer using a mantra or prayer word is rooted in the Gospel, the letters of St Paul and originated with the early desert fathers of the 4th Century. A Benedictine monk, Father John Main (1926 -1982) rediscovered this ancient prayer tradition for contemporary men and women. Newcomers are welcomed to the group. The 2 hour approx. session includes quiet music/guided meditation, 20 minutes of silent meditation followed by a short CD talk on meditation, followed by a question and answer period include tea, coffee and biscuits. For further information please contact James on 0796442391 or 02477 048189 or email

Operation Noah: Working Towards a Net Zero Carbon Economy
The Coventry Cathedral Reconciliation Ministry Team and the Coventry Diocesan Environment Group are hosting a day conference for Operation Noah at St Michael’s House, Coventry Cathedral on Saturday 8th July 2017 from 10am to 3pm, called Working towards a net Zero Carbon Economy. The keynote speaker is James Buchanan from Operation Noah. In addition, we have a group of great local speakers joining us for the day, who are involved in various ways in reducing carbon consumption, responding to the challenges facing our fragile world environment. Please see the poster at the back of church. We have created an Eventbrite page for this upcoming day conference. For further details and to register for the event, please visit: Please register your place. It’s free! Places are limited so please sign up quickly if you are interested.

At Nexus ICA we annually take a week, a Raising and Giving week towards the end of June, to do some fundraising for us as a college and us as a charity. This year we are all taking part in The Nexus Trek and Tour. This will be a combination of walking up four peaks in the Lake District and then cycling between them and around the area. This is a key part of the year for Nexus as it’s where community comes together and we raise money for the future years. If you’d like to sponsor us, pray for us or encourage us then please speak to Carys or Dewi. You can also head to

Dementia Support Group
The PCC have agreed to set up a Dementia Support group for sufferers and their carers, starting on Thursday afternoons from September. We are looking to recruit volunteers. No experience necessary, just an ability to listen and care for those in need. Please speak to Rita.

Make Lunch Volunteers Needed
Can you help fill the ‘Holiday Hunger Gap’? We need cooks and volunteers to provide healthy food and lots of fun for children in Tile Hill missing free school meals. 10.45-1.30pm, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays during the school summer holidays at Limbrick Wood Baptist Church. Contact John Finlayson: 07793526691 /

Walk 2017
Plans are afoot for a sponsored walk on Saturday 2nd September along the Heart of England Way. We are going to be raising funds for Archie’s Smile, a charity for children with Down’s Syndrome and for the church 50/50. We will be walking 44 miles, approximately the first half of the Heart of England Way. However, anyone is welcome to join us and walk as much or as little of the route as you feel able.

Dan & Phillipa Munday
Please see the latest prayer letter from our mission partners, Dan and Phillipa who are working in Nepal. It is in the red folder at the back of church. If you would like your own copy for prayer, please contact Julie.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Trevor Hill.

Prayer List
Please pray for Emma Read, Ann Crowley, Norah Hall, Andrew Rennie, George Cooke, Ann Crowley, Flix Haynes, Fred Edwards, Derek Shale, Jean Selby, Mary Lee, Colin & Pauline Smith, Beryl Poppit, Lara Santostefano, Brenda Lawrence, Rosemary Pottinger, Pam Bennell, Jo Hanney, Hannah Miller and Trevor Ratcliffe. To add names to the list please contact Julie at or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates
Sun 11th June6.30pmSeek His Face
Mon 12th June6-7pmDrama Group Wk1 Jardine Youth Centre
Tues 13th June9.15amPram Service
Weds 14th June7.30pmChildren’s Working Party in side room
Thurs 15th June7.00pmChristian Meditation Group
ReadingMatthew 28.16-20
ReaderGeorge Cooke
PresidentAlan Davies
PreacherAlan Davies
Led byLesley Lee
Comm AsstNick Tooby
IntercessionsJeremy Thomas
SidespersonsKath Houldsworth & Rita Muir
Next weekExodus 19.2-8a & Matthew 9.35-10.8 [9-23]